Allison Schaefer has been certified as a behaviour consultant through two independent certifying bodies: she is a Certified Behavior Consultant Canine – Knowledge Assessed through the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers, as well as a Certified Dog Behaviour Consultant through the International Association of Animal Behaviour Consultants.
Allison started Ethical Canine in Victoria, B.C. in 2013. Prior to this she completed an apprenticeship and trained dogs professionally in Vancouver. She has worked with both puppies and adult dogs of numerous breeds and has 10 years of experience with a wide range of training needs, including challenging behaviour problems.
Allison is committed to providing practical, humane, individually tailored behaviour solutions to her clients and their dogs. She also regularly pursues continuing education from experts in the field of modern animal behaviour modification, and her clients benefit in kind.
Allison is also a Registered Veterinary Technologist who graduated from Thompson Rivers University in 2005. Her education in the veterinary field provided her a solid background in animal health and behaviour and led to a variety of jobs in veterinary hospitals and at the BCSPCA.
Allison lives in Sooke with her 10.5 year old pit bull mix, Marlo, who is her greatest educator in the ways of reactive and fearful dogs. She also lives with her husband and a menagerie of cats, goats, ducks and pet rats. In 2016 she graduated from the University of Victoria with a Bachelor’s Degree in Philosophy and a minor in Applied Ethics.
Professional Memberships & Values
Allison serves on the Executive Board as well as the Education Committee of the Vancouver Island Animal Training Association and works in the Vancouver Island community to promote humane training and care of all animals.
In 2016, Allison became a Certified Fear Free Professional through Fear Free Pets, an organization dedicated to reducing stress in animals visiting veterinary clinics and undergoing medical procedures.
She also carries business insurance through PROFur: Insurance for Pet Care Professionals